The Rumpus Weekly Review of Books


The editor-at-large of McSweeney’s Quarterly, Sean Wilsey, has published his first collection of essays, More Curious. His themes run the gamut from romanticizing appliances to roadtripping. Brett Josef Grubisic aptly refrains from spoilers in his review.

Canada’s most prestigious annual poetry collection is the Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology. Lois Bassen reviews the 2014 edition.

Everyone has an opinion about David Bowie. The philosopher Simon Critchley has written a very personal chronicle of Bowie’s career, and Brian Gresko illuminates his analysis.

Aimee Suzara’s collection of poetry Souvenir is a political and emotional response to the Philippine diaspora in the US. Kenji Liu has an articulate take on it.

From English to French to English again, Guantanamo is a unique experiment in translation as well as an endeavor to report on the interrogations at the detention camp. Jeffrey Zuckerman offers his well-crafted interpretation.

Nature. Eulogies. Sisyphean satisfaction and sweat. Christian Wiman’s collection of poetry Once In The West has many dimensions. Caitlin Mackenzie brings them all together.

In Rumpus interviews, Ben Pfieffer has an exclusive chat with Will Chancellor about his debut novel, A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall.

Julie Morse lives in San Francisco and is a poetry teacher. She can be found @JulieMorse16. More from this author →